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Category is – Something that has impacted your world.


This picture was captured just a few days after our daughter was born. It is our second picture together as a family. Our daughter was farting. Some might say such a beautiful moment ruined. I don’t. I see this moment as a perfect glimpse of motherhood and our journey to create such a brilliant addition to our family. 

As any same-sex couple will tell you the journey to creating a family it not for the faint of heart. Whatever method you choose most likely the path is filled with lots of bumps and bruises sometimes lots of tears sometimes very lonely and isolating but almost always full of worry and “what ifs.” There are so many points during our reciprocal IVF journey where my wife and I could have said (and sometimes did), “what a perfect moment ruined” or “how unfortunate that we have to go through this process” for any number of reasons: injections, hormonal outbreaks, fear of failure, disappointment in societies acceptance and understanding, the list could go on and on. 

But I challenge anyone on the journey to creating a family whether at the beginning, at the end or somewhere in the middle to cherish those moments. Although we may not look back and miss all the injections, tears, and failures; you are on a very special journey to creating the family you have dreamed about. Yes, it may not be as easy as someone else’s but it is incredibly, especially your journey and that in and of itself makes it special. 

For those already embracing motherhood next time that baby has a blown out or is up all night, remember how hard you worked and all the sacrifices you made to get here and try to greet those surprises with laughter (maybe a little caution if there is poop involved) because those moments don’t last forever and the surprises are what make them special and memorable.